Coach Shmoel "Sam" Doner Scholarship

Coach Shmoel "Sam" Doner Scholarship


The Bay State Jaguars helped establish The Shmoel “Sam” Doner Scholarship at Westfield State University. The scholarship has been established by the parents of 2015 graduating class of Sam’s U16 Jaguars’ team (to whom we owe a tremendous thanks for their generosity). The purpose of the scholarship is explained in greater detail below:

The Shmoel “Sam” Doner Scholarship at Westfield State University is in honor of Shmoel “Sam” Doner; a member of the Westfield State Men’s basketball team & graduate of the class of 1999 at Westfield State. Sam has made it his life’s work to teach, educate, motivate, train & encourage countless young female athletes to become competent young women both on and off the court! This scholarship is being created to honor Sam’s endeavors with the Bay State Jaguars and in recognition of the many lives he has touched! Sam is currently a seventh grade math teacher as well as the high school varsity women’s basketball coach at Newton South High School in Newton, Ma.

Sam continues to coach young women through AAU basketball for the Bay State Jaguars where he has had tremendous success both locally & nationally! Sam has had several nationally ranked teams compete annually resulting in many of his basketball students going on to play at the college level as well as professionally.

Financial support for this scholarship will be provided through gifts to the Westfield State Foundation, Inc. in the initial amount of $13,700 to endow the scholarship. The Fund will be set up so all monies raised shall be put toward the principal in a restricted account. The principal will remain untouched and the interest income from this fund will be used to provide scholarships in perpetuity to deserving female high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in Mathematics or Education at Westfield State University.

This scholarship is offered to an incoming female student pursuing a degree in Math or Education. A group of very grateful parents and families of the Bay State Jaguars, a premiere basketball team in the Boston area, have established the Shmoel "Sam" Doner Scholarship at Westfield State University in honor of a coach who has made a significant impact on the lives of their daughters.

The Shmoel "Sam" Doner Scholarship